noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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Due to Hurricane Dorian, the Orlando VA Healthcare System is cancelling all scheduled appointments for Tuesday, Sept. 3, at its outpatient clinics in Viera, Daytona Beach, Lake Baldwin, Lake Nona, Deltona, Clermont, Tavares, and Kissimmee. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian: Orlando VA cancels outpatient appointments on Sept. 3," 30 Aug. 2019 One vision of what such care might look like was born at Henry Ford Health System, a sprawling mix of hospitals and outpatient clinics in southern Michigan. Greg Miller, Science | AAAS, "Three suicide prevention strategies show real promise. How can they reach more people?," 22 Aug. 2019 The group's most profitable hospital was Our Lady of Peace, which provides psychiatric inpatient and outpatient services to adults and youth. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about University of Louisville's play to buy struggling Jewish Hospital," 13 Aug. 2019 The Labor Department's latest employment report shows that fully two-thirds of the 405,000 jobs created in the health care industry this year were in urgent health care centers, specialized outpatient clinics and convenient care clinics. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Hiring at "ambulatory" health clinics surges as people seek cheaper care," 2 Aug. 2019 The 246-bed hospital sits on a 175-acre main campus, with four outpatient clinics that serve thousands of veterans from 15 counties in Wisconsin and two in Minnesota. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In wake of Tomah opioid scandal, VA system has undergone culture change, secretary says," 1 July 2019 Under Methodist’s insurance plan, employees are responsible for a $750 individual deductible and then 20% of inpatient and outpatient costs, up to a maximum out-of-pocket cost of $4,100 per year. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "Low-Wage Workers Are Being Sued for Unpaid Medical Bills by a Nonprofit Christian Hospital That Employs Them," 28 June 2019 The treatment — called stereotactic ablative radiation therapy — was administered in an outpatient setting for a three-week period that began August 5. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent treatment for tumor on pancreas, Supreme Court says," 23 Aug. 2019 Other facilities in the area acquired as part of the deal will become outpatient focused. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Big retail, office development begins adjacent to new University of Maryland hospital in Prince George’s," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of outpatient

1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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